Darren McFadden offers insight into battle for Cowboys starting job

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Ever since DeMarco Murray departed for the Philadelphia Eagles at the beginning of the offseason people have been wondering just who would be the man to step up as the Dallas Cowboys' go to running back.

As we approach the second game of the preseason that question still remains unanswered, with both Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden vying for the lead role. 

Running back situation

Although there has been talk of a 'running back by committee' situation, speculation recently had suggested Randle may already be edging towards becoming the team's true bell cow. Speaking today though, McFadden is clearly not of that view - his comments effectively confirming the RBC situation.


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"You know the competitor in me definitely wants to be the No. 1 guy that goes out there," McFadden told

"But at the same time, it's like, man, you know we're going to split carries. So whoever goes out there or goes out there second - I just know whenever I do get a chance to get the ball in my hands, I'm going to go out there and go 110 percent."

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Not so clear cut

McFadden's comments will squeeze the brakes on the recent hype train that had suggested the former Oakland Raiders running back's hamstring injury had put Randle ahead in the Cowboys' thinking.

With DeMarco Murray having carried the ball over 400 times last season there are certainly a lot of touches to go around in 2015 should Jason Garett continue with a run heavy offense.

And whilst fantasy owners hoping to see Jospeh Randle become the dominant figure might be disappointed by McFadden's insistence split carries are the policy, having two RBs remaining fresh throughout the season could be crucial for the Cowboys' hopes of making a splash this season.

Cowboys fans: Would you be happy with a committee approach or should Randle/McFadden get the bell cow job? Have your say in the comments below...

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